Originally hailing from New Zealand, where I completed two University degrees – one specialising in design, and the other in Chemistry – I have continued along a rather eclectic pathway since moving to the UK in 1998. My passion for martial arts, and Tai Chi in particular, culminated in me (somewhat accidentally) starting to teach Tai Chi nearly 20 years ago. I began training as a therapist to complement my work teaching Tai Chi, qualifying as a massage therapist in 2004, and a year later as a Craniosacral therapist through the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CCST). This triggered an interest in the body's viscera (internal organs) and their connections within the body – physically, functionally and emotionally – and I went on to complete the full visceral modality of working with the Barral Institute. I have been fortunate to train directly with Jean-Pierre Barral himself, both through the Barral Institute and CPDO.
In 2006, I was invited to join the tutoring team at CCST, and have also worked as the Editor of the CSTA's in-house magazine The Fulcrum from 2014-2019. Alongside teaching regular Tai Chi classes, I have for many years taught older adults with complex needs and those with learning difficulties, combining my therapeutic knowledge with more traditional Tai Chi skills.
In my spare time, I enjoy plants, with a special interest in orchids, hiking and cycling, and have been on a number of self-supported bike tours in countries including in my birth country of New Zealand. I also enjoy exploring London and the UK with my dog, Bobby, a rescue lurcher, and have been an on-and-off zen practitioner since my teens.